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8 wonderful wetlands

By: Josh Lew on July 4, 2012, 5:54 p.m.
Big Branch March National Wildlife Refuge in Louisiana

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Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge

Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge in Southern Louisiana is part of the famed Louisiana Bayou Country. These wetlands are home to numerous bird species, including pelicans, woodpeckers and bald eagles. Big Branch also has a wide variety of small mammals. Hurricane Katrina damaged the reserve’s infrastructure significantly. However, replanting and the rebuilding of boardwalk trails has again made this one of the most beautiful and accessible wetland areas in the U.S. Regular educational events and a visitor’s center that is open daily make Big Branch Marsh an excellent choice for people who want their wetland experience to include an educational angle.